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Company: Cryo
Year: 1992
Genre: Strategy, Adventure
Theme: Based on Other Media / Espionage / Historical / Mystery / Police & Gangsters / Politics / Myths and Mythology
Language: English, Deutsch, Francais
Licence: Commercial
Views: 40913
Review by Mr Creosote (2001-03-20)

Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the best known pieces of fictional literature - beaten only by the bible and a few others. Millions of people have read it and even those who didn't at least know the name because they've seen the movie, they've just heard of it somewhere or they've played one of the computer games.

Dune 2 (and the identical Dune 2000) are the best known of those. And they're also said to be the better part of the 'series'. In many cases the second part of a series is better than its 'ancestor'. But is it really a series? Let's have a look on how these different games came into existance.

Virgin Interactive had bought the book's license. It gave the job to produce a game on this license to two teams: Westwood and Cryo. Cryo finished their version first. Westwood needed a bit more time, so they got the '2' behind the name.

So Dune 2 can't really be called a sequel to Dune. Those were two completely different games developed at the same time! And while Dune 2 was a lot more influential and successful, Dune was much more true to the book.

In the distant future, mighty feudal families (“houses”) rule the universe. The secret of space travel lies in the drug Melange, also known as Spice. With Spice, navigators get the ability to fold space. Owning it is crucial! The problem is that it only grows on one single planet on the whole universe: Arrakis, sometimes also called Dune because it's a vast desert. The only native people who live there are the Fremen who live in tribes.

But there are also 'foreigners' on Dune. The Emporer Shaddam IV has given the 'license' to mine Spice to the House Atreides now after the Atreides' arch enemies, the Harkonnen, had had it for a long time.

The player takes the role of Paul Atreides, Duke Leto Atreides' son. The Atreides have just arrived on Dune, and the Harkonnens don't seem to be willing to give Dune up without fighting for it. It's Paul's job to establish contact to the Fremens, convince them to work for the Atreides and eventually drive the Harkonnen's off Dune.

The game begins in Adventure style. You walk around, talk to people, discover several locations and so on. But once you have some Fremen troops under your command, the strategic component of the game begins. You can order them what to work with, where to go, which equipment to use. But you won't have all the options if you don't have some 'VIPs' being on your side. So the Adventure part also continues in the background.

The action is divided into days, but you don't need any sleep. The Emporer expects constant spice shipments though. And if you can't fulfill his demands, he'll send his elite troops: the Sardaukar. Everything's in real time, so mining spice, moving armies and traveling all take time.

During the game, you'll meet a lot of different and interesting characters. Some are more helpful, some less. But they all help to fully unfold the plot! Everything's in there: a conspiracy, honour and friendship, family trouble, politics and even a love story. Yes, that's right: Dune is one of the very few games to include something like that!

Just as important is the gameplay. And this is very well thought out! Both the Adventure and the strategic part are very well done. And the strategic part is even real strategy and not a carmouflaged action game like Dune 2. The only downpoint is that it's not too replayable. But that's the price of a gripping storyline...

Comments (6) [Post comment]

I'm so glad you have this game. I've been trying to find it for ages since my CD broke back in the early 2000's

We won't whip your back in anger, but telling somebody to keep their opinions outside a review, where they give opinions, because they are atheistics, as shows the mention of the bible, doesn't make you look like a very friendly person. And calling people you don't know vain isn't giving you many more points.

Also, since when Christians aren't allowed to talk about their religion? A few days ago there was still a Pope preaching around the world, in my city there are a bunch of churches, there is even an important national radio here in Spain that is owned by a christian group, and this forum doesn't forbid any religion.

As you said, this is game website, so we offer reviews even of games that do not need review when you already know it. And as we are human beings, and these reviews are for human beings, you will get reviews with a lot of personal opinions instead of just numbers and a few images.

This is a very good game, it doesn't even need a review. The only reason I am commenting is to point out that this is a gaming website, keep your atheist views out of it. You don't believe in God, fine, keep your religion off of the site, since Christians aren't allowed to talk about theirs. But it's the internet of course, ah, if only half of these users were as smart as they actually thought themselves to be. Thank you in advance (even though the probability that you will just whip back with anger is all too high).